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. you're saying now, the debt ceiling showdown, you had a lot of republicans, leadership particularly who walked into this mess where they actually had their rank and file to do a debt default. they needed some way, any way out of it. so what the white house, the democrats put in front of them was the committee, the sequester, they were so happy to have any kind of lifeline, and john boehner comes out, pretends it is a victory, 98%, keeping the members in line. now here it is, a ticking time bomb for republicans, a year, year and a half, they're realizing, wait a minute, we don't have much leverage with the sequester after all. >> but the thing is, boehner did get 98% of what he wanted if you believe that he really wants spending cuts. >> right, exactly, but he doesn't want any spending cuts. he wants spending cuts in very specific programs. >> none in defense. >> not a penny. >> that is the main area they want to avoid, which is exactly why the president pushed to put the spending cuts in. they, as you point out, made a huge strategic error. they had much more power, much more moment
that he says the republicans as vulnerable, as split. they caved on the debt ceiling issue. >> you're right. he definitely thinks he has their number and he will act like it. i do think there is a notion that i think you know every winning party, every second-term president i think, every victorious party in general overplays its hands, right? george bush did when he was reelected. republicans did when they seized control in 2010 of the house. i think, democrats know this feeling well. they always overplay their hand. they always read too much in an election. as i try to remind people. the president won an election, one of the consequences of which was raising taxes on the well to do. i think that is a fair consequence of an election he won and campaigned on that. he didn't win on the notion that he shouldn't address the ills of spending and debt that piled up to the degree they have. so a pox on both parties if they fail at this moment to seize this. but my worry about this otherwise very good news on the budget numbers is we're going to use it as an excuse not to address budget i
discussions within the house republican caucus over the decision to bump the debt ceiling which three months and in exchange the speaker made a commitment to a lot of the more conservative members of that caucus they would hit this target 30 years earlier than their previous -- i should say 20 years earlier than their previous budget, even under those rosy assumptions. >> why don't we go right to you? identify yourself. >> roxanne from bloomberg news. this is a question for dr. price. you laid out the strategy, the house republican strategy for all these bills and sequester and c.r. the question that i have, though, is there any conversation among house republicans to bring the continuing resolution first before march 1 and set that level of spending that the sequester would set? would that be first? >> i think the timing for that is less important than the level of spending. and our goal is to make certain we continue to responsibly hold discretionary spending, federal spending to the level that was agreed to in the budget control act of 2011, and that level it's about 974. so whether it co
? in the last couple of months, we have seen them back away on debt ceiling. you postponed that. where do you go? it appears that president obama has the upper hand. seems like republicans are moving in the direction of the path of citizenship. that's around if your district. what specifically are you united behind that differentiates you from the president and can get past both through the republican house which i'm sure you can do, but through the senate and signed by the president of the united states? >> the number one priority is the budget. if i that r they don't pass a budget, they won't be paid. the house laid out a plan to balance the budget which we will do in the next years am i wish the white house would put the same pressure behind the senate democrats. they haven't been introduced yet and the ceo will be at the state of the union. this is the first and foremost thing we can do is get a budget passed. the republicans are strong and that sets a plan to put us on a path to agreeing this economy. >> the economy is the largest issue that the american public cares the most about. an emot
the way he did it in the debt ceiling deal? or does he think he has to ask his party to move, too? >> bret: bill, also in the excerpts he says tonight i'll lay out the additional proposals that are fully paid for. fully consistent with the budget framework. both parties agree to just 18 months ago. he says let me repeat. nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase the deficit by a single dime. there will be a lot of people who question the math, obviously, in all of that. >> there will be. but this president is extremely confident. he wants to steamroll the republicans. that is very clear on both domestic policy and foreign policy and defense policy. he agreed on nuclear weapons. he sold his starting agreement with russia saying don't worry, this is sort of the last cuts that will be negotiated and modernize the force. article in the front page yesterday no,, more cuts to nuclear weapons coming. hagel nomination along those lines. this is a president who thinks the republican party is weak and divided and unwilling to fight. a big question for me will be what will the republican response
with and really is the debt ceiling. lou: no problem with that. >> if you listen to the now they're trying to switch to this message. the number two guy in the house gave a speech at the american institute. american enterprise institute clearly talking, stressing quality of life issues for middle-class families. listen to what he says. the republican response to the state of the union. he will be talking about that. they are trying to picture of some of these fiscal fights to a more quality of life america economic well-being argument. lou: i think the pivot will be looking for it. cannot wait for the reality. and thank you both. >> thank you. lou: president obama awarded the medal of honor to clinton from a share, a former active duty army staff sergeant who fought off a 2009 television attack in afghanistan. the 31 year-old rallied 53 of our troops who obama's says were outnumbered, outgunned, almost overrun. it was a date as long fire fight against 300 heavily armed taliban and insurgence. a combat outpost, and isolated base located in eastern afghanistan. >> i accept this tremendous ho
of how we are approaching issues like the sequester, like the continuing resolution, and like the debt ceiling crisis. all of which are in front of us. to solve those, and resolve them s successfully for the country, the president does have to work with republicans. that's something he's had a hard time doing in his first term, and now it appears he doesn't want to work with them at all. and that's too bad. this isn't 2009. he doesn't have overwhelming majorities in both houses. to get something done, he'll have to bring a republican house on board to work with him, just like bill clinton did, it's not that hard to do. and he's going to have to work with a closely divided senate. so honestly, so far, we haven't seen much in terms of that tone or attitude. i'm hopeful we'll see a shift tonight, but frankly, i'm prepared to be disappointed. because i have been so far. >> well, congressman tom cole, thank you so much for coming on the program. >> thank you, chris. >>> the u.n. security council is holding an emergency meeting this morning after north korea's laterest nuclear test. early re
that message tonight. host: the headline of "the washington times." marysville, ohio, republican, welcome. caller: as he talks about rebuilding infrastructure and at the end of this month, we will face a debt ceiling once again. why is it that we send $700 million to cairo to rebuild their source systems? host: what else do you think about foreign policy? is there anything you want the president to talk about? caller: i more care about the infrastructure of this country and our jobs are being shipped overseas. i want to know what he will do to bring the jobs back. host: do you think we will hear concrete ideas in terms of jobs? the white house says there are four areas of interest -- manufacturing is one but infrastructure is another. jobs and how to build the economy are there. they say is a combination of all proposals he has tried to get passed in the four years and he does not had success. guest: i think the caller has the idea that a lot of our federal spending is being diverted to foreign aid. most people are surprised to learn that it is less than 1% of the budget. if you look at f
the debt ceiling once again, why is it we send $700 million to cairo to rebuild their sewer systems? host: what do you think about foreign policy? what's your opinion about other international news snr caller: i'm more caring about the infrastructure of this country and how our jobs are being shipped overseas. i want to know what he is going to do to bring the jobs back. host: do you think we'll hear concrete ideas in terms of jobs. economy on one hand and jobs in the other and our caller wants to hear about infrastructure. guest: the white house said there are four areas of interest and manufacturing is one but infrastructure is another. there are jobs and how to grow the economy are supposed to be there, so we'll see. they said it's a combination of old proposals he has tried to get passed in the last four years and also new proposals. guest: the question on the infrastructure, i think the caller has the idea that a lot of our federal spending is being diverted to foreign aid and most are surprised to learn it is less than 1% of the budget. if you look at federal spending, entitlement p
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